Item #10857 The Gulag Archipelago (Parts I and II / Two Book Set). Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, Thomas P. Whitney, Trans.

The Gulag Archipelago (Parts I and II / Two Book Set)

New York: Harper & Row, 1973-1975.

Paperback. 7" X 4 1/4". xii, 660pp.; vi, 712pp. Wear to pictorial paper wraps with rubbing, creasing, and toning to covers, corners, and edges. Dust-spotting to edges of text block. Hard crease to spine of Part I with spine visible at pages 118-119. Toning to insides of covers of Part II. Pages of both volumes are clean and unmarked. Bindings are sound.

The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn's attempt to compile a literary-historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and that underwent an enormous expansion during the rule of Stalin from 1924 to 1953. Various sections of the three volumes describe the arrest, interrogation, conviction, transportation, and imprisonment of the Gulag's victims by Soviet authorities over four decades. The work mingles historical exposition and Solzhenitsyn's own autobiographical accounts with the voluminous personal testimony of other inmates that he collected and committed to memory during his imprisonment.Upon publication of the first volume of The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn was immediately attacked in the Soviet press. Despite the intense interest in his fate that was shown in the West, he was arrested and charged with treason on February 12, 1974, and was exiled from the Soviet Union the following day.(Publisher). Good. Item #10857

Price: $35.00